The Department of Defense (DoD) established the DSPO in 2011 to serve as the government oversight authority for the strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication, and evaluation of Defense Department suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities to reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families. The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) provides advocacy, program oversight, and policy for Department of Defense suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in Service members, civilians and their families. DSPO is dedicated to fostering collaboration and cooperation to develop suicide prevention efforts among all stakeholders including the Military Services, Federal agencies, public, private international entities, and institutions of higher education. Give an Hour™ signed a Memorandum of Understand with DSPO in March 2017 with the goal to increase opportunities for Service members and their families to receive mental health services throughout the United States (U.S.). Both organizations want to increase awareness of Signs of Emotional Suffering and increase early access to care through Give an Hour’s no cost mental health services. Learn more about the Defense Suicide Prevention Office at www.dspo.mil.
The Department of Defense’s #BeThere Campaign has trained responders ready to talk through day-to-day concerns and connect you with the right resources, 24/7/365. Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, and family members are eligible to use the center’s confidential services. No issue is too small. Call the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 , or visit: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/support/be-there/veterans.